If you decide to go to Northern Ireland, one of the places that you must see is the Giants Causeway. It is unique to anywhere else in Northern Ireland as it has an area of about 40,000 polygonal interlocking columns. It was a volcanic eruption which happened 60 million years ago which caused this spectacle and today it is the only UNESCO world heritage site in Northern Ireland.
The Giant's Causeway is also filled with myth and legend. Hence the name ‘Giants’ Causeway. It is said that the Causeway was built by a Giant called Finn MacCool. As the story goes, Finn accepted a challenge by a Scottish Giant called Benandonner. He then built the polygonal rocked bridge that went from Ireland to Scotland so that they could stage the fight. However, Finn soon realised that Benandonner was much bigger than him. Finn MacCool chickened out of the fight, and his wife Oonagh disguised him as a baby. When Benandonner came over to find Finn he saw the baby and thought that if that’s the size of Finn’s baby, then Finn must be a much larger giant than he is. Finn flees back to Scotland destroying the Giants causeway bridge as he goes.
The Giant's Causeway has two paths. A high one and a low one. If you want to see the beautiful coastal scenery then the high path would be recommended. However, if you want a close look at the spectacular famous rocks of the Causeway then you should take the low path.
The Giant's Causeway has its own Visitors' Centre, which provides more information about the Causeway, outdoor audio tours, option of a guided walk by an experienced member of the National Trust Team, coffee shop and a gift shop.
|Causeway Visitors Centre|
|Child (5-16 years)||£4.50|
|Children under 5 years||Free|
|Family (2 adults + 3 children)||£22|
|National Trust Members||Free|
|Group Rate (size of 10+, can pre-book by contacting 028 2073 3419)||£3|
|The Causeway Stones and Coastal Path open daily from dawn till dusk|
|2015 visitor centre opening hours|
|February to March||09.00 to 18.00|
|1 April to 30 September||09.00 to 19.00|
|October||09.00 to 18.00|
|November to December||09.00 to 17.00|